Internships offer practical, hands-on work experience and allow you the opportunity to develop a network of professional contacts that may lead to future job placements and guide your decision-making on future career interests. The Public Policy Internship immerses students in the real issues and challenges facing policy makers governing at federal, state and local levels. Participants in the program put knowledge into practice, hone leadership skills and gain a better understanding of the political process.

Responsibilities vary, but you should expect to assist in administrative office duties, such as answering phones, ordering supplies, scheduling appointments and entering data. Interns also may conduct research, edit proposals, write news releases, attend congressional hearings, perform constituent relations work and develop survey content. For a specific list of duties, check with a supervisor at the internship site.

Past Internship Placements

  • State Department- Bahamas
  • U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Ohio
  • U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, Missouri
  • U.S. Representative Steve Driehaus, Ohio
  • Illinois State Representative Julie Hamos
  • Hamilton Co. Commissioner David Pepper
  • Equality Ohio
  • Fine Arts Fund
  • Seasongood Good Government Foundation
  • World Affairs Council
  • Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities

Nick Reinel, Class of 2012

Interned for Wal-Mart as a coordinator for the Federal Government Relations Department in Washington, DC

"The financial assistance that Xavier provided made this internship possible. I am paying for school completely on my own and Xavier helped to work with me to make this internship feasible so that I could still afford to attend school in the fall while being able to also have the summer of a lifetime. I am interested to see what the next year will bring as Wal-Mart has offered a paid position for next summer at their headquarters in Arkansas, working in the corporate affairs department."

Esther Cleary, Class of 2011

Interned for the Mayor of Cincinnati, Mayor Mallory

"Mayor Mallory's enthusiasm for political processes and the city of Cincinnati inspired me to demand of myself the type of dedication and service which, when seriously pursued, forever instills a desire to better oneself and one's community. This internship made me desire to live in Cincinnati after college and further use my talents for the continued success of Cincinnati."

Liza Magley, Class of 2012

Interned for Congressman Driehaus in Washington, DC

"Going to hearings or briefings for staffers, communicating with constituents, and giving Capitol tours all provided me with a deeper knowledge of the infinite number of influences that factor into each decision made in Congress, and furthermore, the infinite possibilities for our nation."

Katie Gray, Class of 2011

Interned for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) in Washington, DC

"Some of my proudest moments while working in immigration included drafting a sign-on letter for faith leaders that was sent to members of Congress, editing a sign-on letter that was later delivered to President Obama, and writing an opinion editorial on the economic benefits of immigration, which was circulated under our CEO's name. This work gave me so much direction in way of post-graduate plans, and I now hope to first work in refugee resettlement and then advocacy for refugee policies."

Sean Comer, Maggie Kelly, and Adam Clark, Class of 2012

Interned under Dr. Gene Beaupre and continued work on a political organization that they helped create during their sophomore year called VisionCincinnati. Visit their site:

"My love for the city led to Xavier, to a class under Gene Beaupre. That class brought me to VisionCincinnati, which is right where I started, wanting to improve Cincinnati, to make it livable. The internship has been the most enjoyable, educational, and eye-opening experience, and I don't know that many other jobs that could have done what it did for me."
- Sean Comer

"This internship allowed me to continue to work on two topics I care very much about: the success of the Cincinnati Streetcar project and the future of Cincinnati as a whole. It also taught me about being part of a team that worked together by drawing on our shared love of Cincinnati and concern for its future."
- Maggie Kelly

"We met with a lot of people, changed some people's opinions, and are now working with the mayor on a livability conference to engage the citizens of Cincinnati on the pressing issues of the city. I was able to learn a lot about the world but also set in place structures for VisionCincinnati to work and hopefully for  future PPP students to work on it if they wish."
- Adam Clark



All forms must be completed and submitted to either the Government Relations Office or the Career Services Office to qualify for a stipend. Stipends are divided into two payments that fall on Xavier's payroll dates. Specific pay dates are provided by the Government Relations Office.

Submit to Gene Beaupre

Submit to Career Services

For more information:

  • Gene Beaupré
    Director for Government Relations
    (513) 745-4880
  • Sean Comer
    Assistant Director for Government Relations
    (513) 745-4868
  • Vicki Clary
    Student Employment Assistant
    Career Services Center
    (513) 745-4881

"To learn politics, you have to live it. You can't learn it through textbooks. You have to be in the room when decisions are being made and become a part of those decisions."
- Sean Comer, '12